Ubuntu 18.04.4 release

Canonical has announced the fourth point release of Ubuntu 18.04 Long Term Support (LTS) with the latest security and hardware enablement stack updates.

Ubuntu 18.04.4 adds support for various new hardware devices from IBM, Intel, and AMD graphics chipsets. Further, v18.04.4 also includes fixes for installation, desktop, and upgrade.

What’s New in Ubuntu 18.04.4?

Ubuntu 18.04 inherits a list of features directly from the upstream release. Here are some highlighted features added:

  • Linux Kernel 5.3
  • Wi-Fi 6 support
  • BTRFS swap file support
  • Default OpenJDK 11
  • OpenSSL 1.1.1 LTS

Canonical updates installation media with bug fixes like Nitrogen6x board support. Hence, Updated CD images reduce the downloading of new updates manually.

Among the security changes, Canonical improves the security module AppArmor and resolves various vulnerabilities such as systemd, Sudo, Linux kernel, Firefox, MariaDB and Yubico PIV Tool.

Point release applicable for all editions

The latest point release encloses the Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, along with other flavors of Ubuntu with long-term support.

You can read the official release notes of each flavor in detail from here.

Canonical will provide maintenance updates for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, and Ubuntu Base until April 2023. However, flavor editions will get support for 3 years.

How to get the Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS?

If you’re using Ubuntu 16.04 or 17.10, you can directly upgrade to 18.04.4 using the update manager. You can follow the steps given here.

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